YA BOOK

Manchester Evening News - - FAMILY MATTERS -

BY MARY HK CHOI, ATOM BOOKS, PA­PER­BACK £7.99, EBOOK £4.99

THIS is such a smart book. The writ­ing is dense, quick and full of en­ergy, even as our hero Pablo spi­rals into anx­i­ety and debt de­nial.

Work­ing nights in a Brook­lyn bodega (the New York equiv­a­lent of a newsagent), he’s dropped out of col­lege, quit talk­ing to his mum prop­erly and is try­ing to kill his ter­rors over the ma­jor credit card debt he’s man­aged to rack up.

Then pop­star Leanna Smart walks in, and, just as snack­ob­sessed as he is (have some sugar on hand, this book will make you hun­gry), they fall into some­thing like love.

Mary HK Choi’s di­a­logue sparkles as the pair try to carve out space for them­selves, while the Korean-Amer­i­can YA au­thor nails the breath­less, jit­tery dread that can en­velop you as a re­sult of spend­ing too much time sucked into so­cial me­dia.

Her de­scrip­tions of crip­pling in­er­tia when faced with hav­ing to de­cide your fu­ture are also bang on. If you’re try­ing to work out what to do next – what­ever stage of life you’re at – you’ll race

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